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COURTS   OF   PARIS*   NAPLES,   ETC*                13!

st la mode, long de cot6 comme des oreilles de
chien. Je suis plus dŁgourdi qu'd ma pension,
oil j'avois Fair d'un grand nigaud; la moindre
parole que je voulois parler on m'imposait silence,
en disant que j'etais une bete," &c., &c.

November 26, 1796.

I have a large parcel by the messenger, and
am rather surprised at receiving no letters from
you; but I had one from Mr, Marsh, and two
from Lord Spencer, kind and confidential. Lord
Malmesbury read me part of his despatch to-day,
in which he speaks very handsomely of me to
Lord Grenville. The minister here has given me
leave to see Sir Sidney Smith, but not the order
for it, without which I cannot get admittance. I
expect it to-morrow.

I find, as far as my acquaintances go, that in
Paris there are very few Republicans—almost all
are Jacobins or Royalists. The former have great
force, and the Directory tries to keep itself, up by
balancing one party against the other. There is
great confusion and distress in the Government.

Paris, without police, is full of robbers and